WARSAW, POLAND — The Orlen Group has committed to develop the Baltic Power wind farm offshore Poland, in partnership with Canada’s Northland Power.
All necessary construction permits are in place, all main components contracted, financing is secured, and the project is ready for execution. Plus, the company has started construction of an offshore installation terminal at the port of Świnoujście.
This could also facilitate five further wind farms lined up by Orlen Group with a combined capacity of 5.2 GW, said CEO Daniel Obajtek. Four are situated on the Oder Bank near Kołobrzeg, close to the Orlen Neptun terminal, while the fifth is on the Słupsk Bank, bordering the zone where Baltic Power will be built.
Baltic Power will generate 4,000 GWh of electricity, equivalent to 3% of Poland’s current needs. Laying of the offshore foundations should start in 2024, with the development comprising 76 15-MW Vestas wind turbines over 250 m tall by 2025.
Work on an onshore substation is already under way, designed to receive the generated power. The overall project budget is about EUR 4.73 billion ($5 billion).
At Świnoujście, the terminal, which is due to be completed in 2025, will have wharves and storage yards capable of handling and installing 15-MW or larger wind turbines, the company said, and could also serve other projects in German, Swedish and Danish waters.